Gidget

Overview

Teenager Francie Lawrence Sandra Dee is known to her surfing friends as "Gidget" or a "girl midget" she is kinda on the short side. Unable to compete with the curvaceous bikinied lasses at the local beach, Gidget is assured by her understanding parents Arthur O'Connell, Mary LaRoche that boys will eventually pay attention to her. Turns out that Mom's right on the money, as surfers Moondoggie James Darren and Kahoona Cliff Robertson vie for Gidge's attention during the summer of her 16th birthday. Based on the ...
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Overview

Teenager Francie Lawrence Sandra Dee is known to her surfing friends as "Gidget" or a "girl midget" she is kinda on the short side. Unable to compete with the curvaceous bikinied lasses at the local beach, Gidget is assured by her understanding parents Arthur O'Connell, Mary LaRoche that boys will eventually pay attention to her. Turns out that Mom's right on the money, as surfers Moondoggie James Darren and Kahoona Cliff Robertson vie for Gidge's attention during the summer of her 16th birthday. Based on the novel by Frederick Kohner who based the title character on his own daughter, Gidget was one of the surprise hits of 1959. The film spawned a host of theatrical and TV-movie sequels, not to mention the 1966 TV series starring Sally Field -- and the 1987 sitcom starring Caryn Richman. In addition, Gidget boosted the careers of several stars-to-be, including Yvonne Craig, Doug McClure and Tom Laughlin.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although the very title prompts snorts of derision from many, Gidget is actually not a bad little teenaged flick from the '50s. Great art it definitely isn't, but as frivolous, lighthearted entertainment, it more than fits the bill. Those who know it only by reputation will probably be surprised to find that it does attempt to deal with the problems of life as seen by a teenager -- and that, while some of those attempts are silly, many of them come off quite well. It also paints a very convincing picture of the beach-bum lifestyle, much more so than the Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello beach party movies. Yes, there's plenty to laugh at (including some surf sequences that barely attempt to hide the fact that rear projections are being used), and the character of Gidget herself is likely to seem a bit too dated for many modern viewers, but for the most part, the film is pleasant and fun. And if Sandra Dee sometimes comes across as too cute and perky, that's really due more to the way the part is written than the way in which it is played. Approached with the right attitude, Gidget is actually a lot of fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/1996
  • UPC: 043396604704
  • Original Release: 1959
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Dee Gidget (Frances Lawrence)
Cliff Robertson The Big Kahuna
James Darren Moondoggie
Arthur O'Connell Russell Lawrence
Joby Baker Stinky
Mary Laroche Dorothy Lawrence
Sally Field
Yvonne Craig Nan
Robert Ellis Hot Shot
The Four Preps Themselves
Sue George B.L.
Ed Hinton Cop
Patti Kane Patty
Tom Laughlin Lover Boy
Doug McClure Waikiki
Burt Metcalfe Lord Byron
Jo Morrow Mary Lou
Richard Newton Cop No. 1
Technical Credits
Paul Wendkos Director
Ross Bellah Art Director
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
William Lyon Editor
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision, Score Composer
Lewis Rachmil Producer
Gabrielle Upton Screenwriter
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